In this classic work, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967, Goetzmann argues that the exploration of the American West was not a series of haphazard adventures, but rather a series of carefully planned missions national good.
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Goetzmann wrote on of the best histories of the opening of the West, using explorers and surveyors to show how the area was discovered, explored, and mapped. Some might find it slightly dry or hope to hear more about certain individuals but Goetzmann was more interested in the process than individuals. (I would have liked to read his take on the Cope-Marsh bone wars.) I suggest looking for a cheaper edition of this book. If you are more interested in the individuals who spearheaded the conquest of the West, I have found Bernard DeVoto, Robert Utley, and Stephen Ambrose to be very interesting. Mari Sandoz is a fine writer, but some of her facts and research are suspect.